4 Ways Coloring Helps Creativity
By Nick P.
As anyone can figure out by now, coloring books are all the rage. Yes, even us here at Endless Inspirations (Totally Wendy and I) are really getting swept up into the coloring book craze.
What we have found is that because of the coloring books we do, or the patterns we design, we actually have become more creative.
For example, Totally Wendy likes to paint, and she does some really good artwork (see examples at Practice, Practice, Practice and Create From The Heart), but since she started getting into coloring books, designing patterns and such, she has actually become more creative. She’s taken up art journaling, which she may or may not share about here. More on that to come, I hope.
As for me, while I enjoy the coloring, it’s the designing of patterns, particularly mandalas, that I find very relaxing as well as helping my creativity.
Why exactly is that? What is it about coloring that helps us with our creativity?
For me, it seems to break out into 4 things.
- Coloring relaxes the mind. What I find is that when I color, what happens is that my mind, my body, everything about me relaxes. While this is great for stress relief, and is the primary reason many people are coloring today, did you know that a relaxed mind also is more creative? I find that because I’m relaxed I can come up with more solutions to problems I encounter. I also find that when I sit down to create (write, draw, whatever form of expression you wish), that I can be even more creative because of the relaxed state my mind and body are in.
- Coloring helps you see possibility. Creativity comes from thinking of what is possible. Not exactly what you see in the visual sense, but what you see in your mind. Because you are more relaxed, and you are able to open up doorways in your mind because of the relaxed state, you see more possibility on what you want to create when you approach a project. At least that’s what happens to me, and what I experience. I know that when I color, and I think of making something a gradient shade rather than a solid for a particular piece, that opens the door to possibility that may not have been there before.
- Talking about coloring helps you be more social. Don’t think you can be social when you have an individual task such as coloring? Think again. There are people out there who get together and color, and may not speak much while they do it. This doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy being together, but rather the camaraderie of being with like-minded people helps relax people, and also can help in expanding their creativity. After all, no two people are going to approach a coloring page exactly the same way. And that is the important thing here. Seeing what others are doing on the same coloring page allows you to think and see more creatively when you approach another page. Perhaps that person just did a technique you have not seen before, so you can now try it out.
- Coloring books can teach about color matching. If you’re like me, and don’t understand that whole color wheel thing, this is where you start to understand how colors go together and don’t. I found that I would be thinking of how some colors could go together, and once I put them next to each other, I see that they clash worse than a 70’s leisure suit from the disco era at a formal event today. It might sound good in your head, but once you see it, you want to erase it pretty quick. Because of coloring, I know that I have a better understanding of how to match colors, and to make transitions that are much more pleasing to the eye.
I’m sure there are many other ways that coloring help with creativity, but these are the top 4 for me. If you want to help enhance your creativity through coloring, we have a very easy way to get started.
What really started the coloring book thing for us was when Totally Wendy saw some of our stencils and decided that they would make great coloring pages once we put them together. Now, you don’t have to buy our stencils to create coloring pages (we won’t complain if you do!), but you can download the pages we have created, for free, here. We won’t even ask for your email address, just take and enjoy.Download The FREE Coloring Book Here
I will offer one suggestion, however. Please take the time to let us know what you think below. If you download the coloring pages, please comment below and tell us what you think about them! We would love to hear from you.